Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln

 What does Lincoln’s use of outside sources tell you about the process of writing?


The Gettysburg Address, a speech, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, is one of the most well-known and appreciated speeches in United States’ history. In this two minutes speech, Abraham Lincoln used secondary sources, information to make the speech the greatest and declaring a new birth of freedom and democracy. He begins with the iconic phrase "Four score and seven years ago," from the American Revolution of 1776; Lincoln made a clear connection between the founding principles of the United States and the civil war. Lincoln also used the reference of Chief Justice John Marshall's opinion, "The government of the Union . . . is emphatically and truly a government of the people. . . . Its powers are granted by them and are to be exercised directly on them, and for their benefit." to define the powers of the US people and their benefit. By citing the opinion of Mr. Marshall, he also tried to touch the US people they are supreme power of the government.

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